Systems Engineer IV

Job Details

Job ID: 11232

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If you are passionate about spacecraft design, we invite you to join the Flight Systems Engineering, Integration and Test Section (313). We provide systems engineering for the design and implementation of spacecraft for the laboratory’s key flight projects. Our work spans spacecraft systems engineering, payload systems integration, electrical systems integration, fault protection and autonomy design, landing systems design, spacecraft assembly and test, systems verification and validation, and systems modeling.


We are seeking a highly motivated and experienced Systems Engineer Level 4 to join the Systems Integration, Test & Launch Engineering. You will report to the Group Supervisor  and work on tasks such as planning, development, and execution of ATLO activities and procedures, executing verification and validation testing at the flight system level, and support behavioral testing on the flight system.  The group also oversees all launch vehicle integration activities.


Your initial assignment will be to join the system integration and test (SIT) team that will support integration and testing of the NISAR payload, and the final checkout of the payload with the Indian spacecraft bus at the Indian launch site.  Specific near-term tasks include participating in the electrical integration planning and execution including: Planning and scheduling of the electrical integration activities, generation of test plan, and setting-up and checkout of the system test complex.


In the long run, you may work on tasks such as electrical integration activities, system functional testing, and supporting environments testing at the system level.


Other job responsibilities may include:

  • Anomaly investigation
  • Participate in the development of system tools required to support system test activities
  • Supporting software and hardware reviews


The qualified candidate has experience in integration and test of space related hardware, including system level test beds.  Minimum technical qualifications include:

  • Bachelor’s degree in engineering, physical sciences, or mathematics with a minimum of 9 years of professional experience, or Master’s degree in engineering, physical sciences or mathematics with a minimum of  7 years of professional experience, or Ph.D in engineering, physcial sciences or mathematics with a minimum of 5 years of  professional experience. 
  • Demonstrated skills in designing, implementing, and testing electronic hardware or instruments that are used within complex space systems.
  • Experience within a multidisciplinary system engineering or test team
  • Demonstrated knowledge of processes that are used to verify/validate the design requirements of systems.
  • Experience in testing of systems, including test planning, test procedure development, and data analysis.
  • Exceptional written and oral communication skills.
  • Ability to collaborate successfully with other groups, sections, divisions, and organizations, both inside and outside JPL.
  • Experience with development of formal procedures and documentation relating to space flight hardware
  • Ability to react to frequent changes in plans and excel in a rapid pace concurrent engineering environment.
  • Detailed knowledge of Laboratory policies and procedures, NASA policies and procedures, and government regulations across a range of applications.
  • Understanding of the proper application of JPL design principles, flight project practices, hardware-handling constraints, and the JPL risk management practices.


The most competitive candidates will satisfy some of the following:

  • Previous experience in Systems Integration and Test
  • Previous experience in performing V&V utilizing system level test beds
  • Willingness to obtain a security clearance if applying from outside Section 313

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